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  • Audio CD (5 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000066SO3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Monkey Time
2. Dancing In The Street
3. I Met Him On A Sunday
4. The Bells
5. Monkey Time/Dancing In The Street
6. Desiree
7. You've Really Got A Hold On Me
8. Spanish Harlem
9. Jimmy Mack
10. The Wind
11. Nowhere To Run
12. It's Gonna Take A Miracle
13. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
14. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
15. O-o-h Child
16. Up On The Roof

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Our very favourite Laura Nyro album. But WAIT, you might say, our favourite album by a cult/hit songwriter of some renown is one composed entirely of COVERS?? HUH!!!????

Why yes indeed...an album which has been described by Alan McGee as sounding "Like a prayer" is an album which can be looked at in so many different ways....
It can be seen as a prime example of the little known but big around these parts genre of "Girls together singing crazy" and by the way the witchiest record since "Iko Iko"...

It can be seen as an exploration of Nyro's pop roots and a wistful look back at her love for early New York soul and Motown....and it can also be seen as a surprise collaboration with Labelle, caught between their 1960s Girl Group heyday and their soon-come hit-making odyssey into Sci-Fi soul/disco with Allan Toussaint...

OR you can see it, as we do, as a rather wonderful combination of all the above, a product of many a night alone by the radio or the record player, breathing the sound of doo-wop and early soul into the New York night, as a girl dreamed her dreams.....

The stark production, atypical of the Philadelphia International studios where it was recorded only serves to highlight the interplay between Nyro and Labelle....

OH and we've added some cheeky bonus tracks of Laura live in the 70s singing even more of these songs which obviously meant so much to her...

So...there we have it....

**Original album and bonus tracks beautifully re-mastered by the duo of Joe Foster and Norman Blake...barking mad but sexy...

**Sumptuous packaging by Mr. Andrew Morten at Pepperbox...

**Heartfelt and superb liner notes by the wonderful friend of the stars Mr. Duglas T. Stewart....

**A must for all lovers of the truly sublime in music...from the opening handclaps of " I Met Him On A Sunday" you're lost!

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Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, and New York Tendaberry established Laura Nyro as one of the early 1970s' brightest and most uncompromising singer-songwriters. But just as the budding success of 1969's Tendaberry seemed to establish her persona in the public's mind, Nyro reached back to the beloved Brill Building pop, doo-wop, and '50s R&B for inspiration, extended a hand in partnership to then-down-on-their-luck soul vets LaBelle, and tossed off this loving blast from the past. Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (who would later formulate the vaunted Philly soul sound) were ostensibly in charge, though the voices of Nyro and LaBelle carry the day. Whether the bare-bones production harked back to the mindset of Nyro's moody Tendaberry or they simply ran out of time and had to finish the project, there's a sense of immediacy to the recordings that outstrips even some of the originals. Tracks like "Jimmy Mack" and "I Met Him on a Sunday" feel like they spontaneously came together around an upright piano, their rhythm section a chorus of joyous hand claps. Others, like "Desiree" and "The Wind," have a haunting, ethereal sense that's pure Nyro. This is one of the oddest collections of Nyro's career, but also one of the most joyously heartfelt. --Jerry McCulley

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the most wonderful music, from the handclaps introducing I Met Him On A Sunday to the closing title track. There are exquisite vocal harmonies throughout and plenty of stylistic variety: The Bells is a soaring soul song where the voices blend perfectly, whilst the medley Monkey Time/Dancing In The Street out-motowns Motown (you can just see a huge happy street party in progress). Désiree is a gentle, wistful ballad and You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me is vintage R&B. The classic Spanish Harlem gets a sensitive, soulful interpretation, whilst another classic, Jimmy Mack, is a catchy, swinging up-tempo track. Wind is another gentle poetic ballad with a beautiful vocal arrangement and evocative lyrics and Nowhere To Run is a powerful rhythmic excursion . Gonna Take A Miracle has a very unique overall sound, strong material and a superb sense of style. If you like classy music, from doowop through soul to the singer/songwriter genre, you'll enjoy this masterpiece.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Keates on 14 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
In 1971 influential singer-songwriter Laura Nyro teamed up with fellow songstresses ‘Labelle’ to record an album of favourite soul and R&B classics. ‘Gonna Take A Miracle’ is a departure from Laura’s usual self-written work but a must for any Nyro fans (or indeed fans of Labelle or Motown).
The energy, vibrancy and pure sense of fun that was had during the making of ‘Gonna Take A Miracle’ are consistent throughout the album. Nyro’s vocals are perfectly complimented by Labelle’s and each song is brought lovingly to life by the artist’s sheer love of the music. Each song is given a brand new edge and will make you sing till your throat is raw.
The album opens with ‘I Met Him On Sunday’ whose intro lulls you into a false sense of relaxation before bursting to life with the ear-blistering harmonies that will set your headphones alight. This pattern is repeated throughout the album, which takes us on an aural road trip from the soft and dreamy renditions of ‘The Bells’, ‘The Wind’ and ‘Desiree’ right through to the hand-clapping, toe-tapping infectiousness of such anthems as ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘Jimmy Mack’ and ‘Nowhere To Run’.
It’s difficult to chose a favourite song on this album but my own personal highlights include ‘You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Nowhere To Run’ and ‘It’s Gonna Take A Miracle’.
This collection of much-loved Motown classics is a timeless musical masterpiece in it’s own right. Not one song is out of place and the result is a beautifully crafted and complete tribute to the music that has inspired generations of artists.
This album still remains a firm favourite of mine many years after I was first introduced to it. If you want an album that you can sing your heart out to then ‘Gonna Take A Miracle’ is the one for you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Laura Nyro originally made her name as the author of a host of tightly-written pop songs that hit big when covered by other artists--but by 1970 she had acquired a reputation as one of the most flatly uncompromising recording artists of her era, a woman who wrote, performed, and recorded without any significant concern for prevailing tastes. Then, just as she seemed to have reached this point of self-definition, she suddenly shifted gears and went into the studio with soul-singing trio LaBelle for an homage to the pop songs of the 1950s and 1960s that had originally inspired her.
The result was GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE, an album that is generally regarded as Nyro's most widely accessible work. Opening with a near-acapella rendition of "I Met Him On A Sunday" that divides the song neatly between all four singers, Nyro then launches out on a host of other old favorites with her own voice shining like a diamond against the sultry stylings of LaBelle, giving each tune a noticeably different twist from its original incarnation.
Both "The Bells" and "Desiree" suddenly seem as if they had been written with Nyro alone in mind, beginning gently but building a series of dynamic shifts; "Spanish Harlem" is a beautifully rendered selection; and the more vibrant numbers like "Dancing In The Streets" and "Nowhere To Run" crackle with energy. This one of those rare releases of which you can truly say every single cut is first rate all the way.
The most powerful thing about the recording is, I think, its spontaneity. According to the liner notes by Amy Linden, the singers were having such a good time together that they didn't actually bother to record anything until the last day--and then they popped out one number after another with little preparation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the most wonderful music, from the handclaps introducing I Met Him On A Sunday to the closing title track. There are exquisite vocal harmonies throughout and plenty of stylistic variety: The Bells is a soaring soul song where the voices blend perfectly, whilst the medley Monkey Time/Dancing In The Street out-motowns Motown (you can just see a huge happy street party in progress). Désiree is a gentle, wistful ballad and You've Really Got A Hold On Me is vintage R&B. The classic Spanish Harlem gets a sensitive, soulful interpretation, whilst another classic, Jimmy Mack, is a catchy, swinging up-tempo track. Wind is another gentle poetic ballad with a beautiful vocal arrangement and evocative lyrics and Nowhere To Run is a powerful rhythmic excursion . Gonna Take A Miracle has a very unique overall sound, strong material and a superb sense of style. This CD re-issue contains four additional tracks, including her masterpiece Up On The Roof, making it even more intriguing. If you like classy music, from doowop through soul to the singer/songwriter genre, you'll enjoy this masterpiece.
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